Six Simple Steps to Rose Gardening, presented by Mike and Angie Chute
Date:  Wed April 10, 2019
Date:   7:00 pm
Place:   Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

It’s easy to grow beautiful roses in your home garden once you know how,” says Mike Chute and in Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening. Mike and Angelina will explain everything you need to know in six easy-to-follow steps that will take the mystery out of rose gardening. The program will include plenty of tips and personal anecdotes from the Chute’s over twenty years of rose gardening experience that demonstrates how easy it is to grow great roses. They will be available to sign copies of their books Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening and Rose Gardening Season by Season.

Be on the Lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly
SLFAdultSpreadWingsMassachusetts residents are being asked to look closely at any out-of-state potted plants—especially poinsettias- they have received recently after a dead spotted lanternfly was found on a houseplant in Boston.

When at rest, a spotted lanternfly’s forewings appear to be dull brownish grayslf_thumbs_02
with black spots. When disturbed, they fly or hop away, revealing bright red and white hind wings. They overwinter in a mud-like egg mass, often stuck to the bark of trees. Though it is not yet a major problem in MA, it can cause serious damage to fruit crops.

The spotted lanternfly is a destructive non-native invasive insect that made its way here from China. The insect found its way to the United States as eggs laid on a shipment of crushed rocks shipped to Berks County, Penn. where it has spread and is under quarantine. According to a spokesperson from the MA Dept. of Ag. Resources, they will lay their eggs on anything. In Pennsylvania, spotted lanternflies have been found on
the underside of cushions of patio furniture, on rebar, crushed stone and other surfaces. They could attach to cars or trucks. The adults and young can be present in very large numbers, like a swarm of giant mosquitoes. They create so much sticky excrement that it can coat outdoor furniture, porches, tables and play equipment. The sweet, sugary substance is attractive to ants and stinging insects, such as wasps. It can also lead to a
sooty mold growing over plants and other surfaces coated by the goo.
For further information or to report a finding visit
Photos: Holly Raguza and Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture

Horticultural Hints for March by Neal Sanders

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